Amodel 1/72 Hydroplane SPL
$11 some years ago
Short run kit
V. Chetverikov for submarine launching, 2 aircraft were built in 1934, the first
called OSGA 101, the second the SPL Gidro-1.
The OSGA 101 had 3
seats and was first flown in spring 1935. In September and October 1937 it
achieved three FAI records in the light amphibian class, Speed over a 100km
course - 170.2 kph, Distance – 480 km, Ceiling – 5400 m.
The SPL was much
smaller with seating for two. It was designed to fold and fit in a small hanger
aboard a submarine. Poor hydro-dynamics, and the lack of submarines to carry it,
doomed the design. The prototype was passed to
(Voluntary Society for Collaboration with the Army, Air Force and Navy, which
sponsored aero clubs throughout the
kit represents the second prototype, and is very small, spanning 135mm or just
under 5 and ¼ inches.
Moulded in a light
grey, soft plastic there are 44 parts for this tiny flying boat. The plastic has
a slightly rough surface appearance, lots of flash, but the pieces seem to be
well shaped and finely detailed.
There is an understated fabric effect on the wing aft of the spar, and framework
detail on the cockpit side walls. There are no sink marks visible.
The 3 clear parts have
a number of inclusions, scratches and bubbles, and would best be replaced. As
they are flat and very small, pieces could be cut from the scrap around a
The cockpit is open,
with only side windows and a windscreen, so would benefit from more detailing
than the seats, fuel tank and instrument panel supplied. No crew figures are
The tail boom, biplane
tail structure and the engine pylon, looks to be a difficult build, and probably
will need jigging to get square.
The decals represent an anonymous
Aeroflot aircraft, comprising a plain Aeroflot name, the SSSR part of the
registration with no serial number, a single red star and an instrument panel. I
could not find reference to the serials of either of these aircraft.
The instructions are a single
sheet of A4, clearly printed in English and Russian, showing 5 construction
steps, parts layout and painting guide. It includes paint references with
Humbrol numbers and generic names.
model of a rare and unusual aircraft, not only a FAI record holder, but a
submarine borne flying boat. It looks very much like a small boat, with wings,
tail and engine bolted on, and will probably generate a few puzzled looks.
Not recommended for
beginners due to the amount of cleaning up required, small parts, difficulty
with the tail assembly and need for at least some scratch building and detailing
of the cockpit. Anybody with some experience of limited run kits and biplanes
should have no problem.
Vaclav Nemecek, The History of
Soviet Aircraft from 1918, Key Publishing,
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